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Possibility of nuclear war in South Asia cannot be ruled out: Pak NSA

The NSA stressed that supporting US forces in the region had given birth to the rise of terrorism inside the country

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

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Pakistan's security czar on Monday said that the stability of the South Asian region hangs in a delicate balance and the possibility of a cannot be ruled out.

Security Advisor Lt Gen (retd.) also accused the US of conspiring against the multi-billion (CPEC) with India, The Express Tribune reported.

Addressing a seminar on issues of security here, Janjua claimed that India has been stockpiling a range of dangerous weapons and it threatens Pakistan continuously of conventional warfare.

"The stability of the South Asian region hangs in a delicate balance, and the possibility of cannot be ruled out," he claimed.

The NSA stressed that supporting US forces in the region had given birth to the rise of terrorism inside the country.

"As the Taliban grow stronger in Afghanistan, America has started to shift the blame for its failures in the country onto Pakistan," he said.

He also alleged that as part of its policy to counter Chinese influence in South Asia, the US is conspiring against the along with India.

"The US has given India role in Afghanistans political process, giving New Delhi priority over Islamabad, and has opposed the CPEC," he said.

The nearly USD 50 billion CPEC, a flagship project of Chinas prestigious One Belt One Road (OBOR), passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). The links China's restive Xinjiang region with Pakistan's Balochistan province.

"The US-India alliance has an identical stance on the Kashmir issue, and America frequently gives India preference over Pakistan," Janjua said.

He said Pakistan encountered the menace of terrorism only after it started supporting the operations of US-led forces in Afghanistan.

"Pakistan has been battling with security problems for the past forty years. Peace in Afghanistan remains our top priority," he said.

First Published: Mon, December 18 2017. 18:36 IST
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